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March 2024


AAVMC recognizes Women's History Month and the contributions of women in Vet Med

Please enjoy this Women's History Month Playlist:

Women's History Month Playlist



Earlybird pricing has ended for Catalyze 2024, but you can still register today!


Click here to learn more and register.

Apply for the FFAR Veterinary Student Research Fellowship through March 27th

To support the development of future veterinary researchers, the Foundation for Food & Agriculture Research (FFAR) and the American Association of Veterinary Medical Colleges (AAVMC) established the Veterinary Student Research Fellowships (FFAR Vet Fellows) in 2018. The program is accepting applications for the 2024 cohort.

View the official press release here.

USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture grant due April 1st

The USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) has announced a funding opportunity for the Higher Education Multicultural Scholars Program (MSP). The MSP provides scholarships to support recruiting, engaging, retaining, mentoring, and training committed multicultural scholars, resulting in either baccalaureate degrees within the food and agricultural science disciplines or Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (D.V.M.) degrees.

The application period for this grant closes Monday, April 1, 2024. For more information and to apply, visit: https://bit.ly/3I70zUi

AAVMC Update

Review the AAVMC Statement on U.S. Veterinary Workforce here.

Spectrum of Care Initiative

What to Expect During the 2024 Spectrum of Care Symposium

The Spectrum of Care (SOC) Symposium, sponsored by the Stanton Foundation, will occur at the AAVMC Annual Catalyze Conference in Washington, D.C., on Thursday, April 11, 2024. This year’s symposium is designed to support CVMs interested in implementing the SOC Education Model into their curricula.

Participation in the symposium is included as part of general registration for AAVMC’s annual conference and all attendees are welcome to attend. Symposium sessions will address the following topics:

1.      9:00-9:50 am: How Integrated Educational Approaches to Spectrum of Care Preparation Can Address the Societal Need for Spectrum of Care Practice

2.      10:00-10:30 am: Exploring Profession-wide Partnerships to Enhance Spectrum of Care Pedagogy: A Discussion Panel

3.      1:30-2:30 pm: SOCI Workshop: Making Curricular Changes to Enhance Spectrum of Care Pedagogy

4.      3:00-3:50 pm: Learning Experiences that Prepare Students for Spectrum of Care Practice: Part 1

5.      4:00-4:30 pm: Learning Experiences that Prepare Students for Spectrum of Care Practice: Part 2

Be sure to stop by the SOC Town Hall and Happy Hour on Friday, April 12th, from 3:00-4:30 pm, to share your feedback on additional resources your program needs to enhance spectrum of care preparation.

Click here to register now.

Making Great Progress on the Spectrum of Care Initiative in Denver, Colorado

This February, the AAVMC Spectrum of Care Initiative team gathered at CSU Spur in Denver, CO. After touring Dumb Friends League and Temple Grandin Equine Center, the group got to work and made great progress developing resources to support the implementation of the Spectrum of Care (SOC) Education Model. The group exceeded expectations in what they accomplished in a mere day and a half. They left Denver feeling energized and excited for the work in the next few months. Some of this work will be showcased during the SOCI Workshop at the SOC Symposium, sponsored by the Stanton Foundation, at the AAVMC Annual Catalyze Conference in Washington, DC.


AAVMC thanks the SOCI member volunteers for their ongoing commitment to enhancing spectrum of care preparation to support the success and well-being of future veterinarians, their patients, and their clients. 

Photo: L-R: Heidi Banse (Louisiana State University), Tara Paterson (St. George’s University), Jessica Brodsky (AAVMC), Joyce Carnevale (Iowa State University), Michelle Wisecup (The Ohio State University), Heather Fedesco (AAVMC), Stacy Semevolos (Oregon State University), Elizabeth Montgomery (UC Davis), Liddy Alvarez (University of Wisconsin-Madison), and Kristin Jankowski (UC Davis) together at Dumb Friends League.

Diversity and Inclusion

Diversity & Inclusion On Air

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AAVMC 2023 Summer Meeting – June 22, 2024, Austin, Texas

Veterinary Scholars Symposium (VSS) – August 8 – 10, 2024, St. Paul, MN

Primary Care Veterinary Educators (PCVE) – October 16-19, 2024, The Ohio State University

Deans Leadership Conference – By Invitation - January 22-24, 2025, Florida

Veterinary Medicine in the News

Historically Black college hopes to be second to train veterinarians. Why it matters.

USA Today


Legally blind Texas student defies the odds, gets accepted into veterinarian school: ‘Anything is possible’

NY Post


Penn Vet Unveils Game-Changing mRNA Research Initiative - You Won't Believe What's in Store for Veterinary Medicine

My Vet Candy


How the Zoo’s Veterinary Team Solved a Cardiac Conundrum

National Zoo


A conversation: Being Black in veterinary medicine



Colorado State University aims to fill shortage of veterinarians with $50 million in aid from state

CBS News


Curiosity can lead to discovery: Embracing neurodiversity



91 Percent of Veterinarians Are White—This Organization Is Aiming to Change That

The Wildest


University of Maryland Eastern Shore plans to admit first veterinary students in 2026

Dvm 360

When What's Possible Isn't Doable



From Our Members

Reflecting on Black History Month – the Story of a PVM History-Maker

Purdue University


Learning by doing

University of Minnesota


Lawrence named MSU’s 2024 SEC Faculty Achievement Award winner

Mississippi State University


Tiny but mighty: babies use their immune system differently but efficiently

Cornell University


Vero Researchers Battling Antimicrobial Resistance By Developing New Treatment Methods For Diseases

Texas A&M University


K-State Technology Development Institute partners with veterinary college to develop 3D-printed animal eyes for ophthalmology training

Kansas State University


Launch of the UCD Centre for One Health

University College Dublin


NSF grant will improve understanding of movement in people and animals

Washington State University

Committed to Providing the Best Care

Tuffs University

Empowering tomorrow's leaders: Virginia Tech's Presidential Scholars tackle public health challenges

Virginia-Maryland College of Veterinary Medicine 


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